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3:54 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Heastie Elected As NY's First African-American Assembly Speaker

Newly-elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, waves to the Assembly after his election at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Heastie is the first African-American Speaker. He will lead a chamber that has been rocked by scandal. He succeeds Sheldon Silver, the longtime leader who resigned after being charged with taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

Carl Heastie was elected unanimously by Democrats in the Assembly to be the next Speaker, less than two weeks after former Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested and charged with  running a massive, multi-million dollar corruption scheme.

Heastie, the first African American speaker in the Assembly’s 237 year history, gave a brief speech to the chamber, where he  focused on moving on from the scandal brought on the Assembly by his predecessor. Heastie says the members have told him- they want change.

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Transportation
2:37 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Federal Report Finds Bolts On New Metro-North Train Cars Faulty

Metro North railroad employees use heavy equipment to repair tracks near Bridgeport, Connecticut, Monday, May 20, 2013.
Credit (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The National Transportation Safety Board says Metro-North needs to replace thousands of bolts on more than 400 of the railroad’s newest Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock Company M-8 train cars. The NTSB released a report earlier this week that stemmed from a derailment in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in May of 2013, that injured dozens of people. The NTSB said the bolts are too weak.

These are the bolts in between train cars that hold two cars together. The NTSB says the bolts didn’t cause the derailment, but their failure made the two-train collision worse.

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Weather
5:56 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Winter Storm Brings Highest Snowfall In The Region To Eastern Conn., Eastern LI

Residents of Central Islip, N.Y. clear snow from their street, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding coastal eastern Long Island into Maine with high winds and heavy snow.
Credit AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

The winter storm that hit the region brought more than two feet of snow to the East End of Long Island and parts of Southeastern Connecticut.

New York officials say storm cleanup equipment is being moved to Eastern Long Island, where it's needed most.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that about 500 pieces of equipment, including plows, dump trunks, and front end loaders were on their way to Suffolk County from New York City and the mid-Hudson Valley.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Tuesday it will take a few days to get all that snow cleared out.

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Culture
4:40 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Book Review: The Zone Of Interest

Book critic Joan Baum has this review of a novel set in a concentration camp understood as Auschwitz, the Nazis' most notorious death camp.

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Government
6:33 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Charges Against Silver Detailed; Assembly Democrats Close Ranks

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is surrounded by media as he leaves a federal courthouse in New York, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Silver, 70, was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges and accused of using his position to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income. A magistrate judge in federal court in Manhattan later released the lawmaker on $200,000 bail.
Credit AP Photo/Seth Wenig

N.Y. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under arrest, and $3.8 million dollars in eight different bank accounts held by Silver have been seized, as federal prosecutors accuse him of running two fraudulent and corrupt schemes.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara laid out the charges against Silver, saying the Speaker used his "titanic " powers in office to amass a  "tremendous " personal fortune by running two separate schemes that involved millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.

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